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making a surprise visit to afghanistan where u.s. officials have been demanding hamid karzai sign a new security agreement. >> reporter: before arriving in afghanistan secretary hagel was in bahrain trying to reassure allies in the middle east that the united states is committed to the persian gulf region. secretary hagel said the u.s. is willing to start selling advanced weapons, things like missile defense systems to u.s. allies in the region. the move is seen as a way to counter iran's military ambition. he added that even though the west had agreed to a temporary deal to limit iran's nuclear capability, tehran still poses a significant threat to the middle east and the world. many allies in the region fear the u.s.'s withdrawing from its traditional role in the middle east but hagel said after a decade of war the u.s. will not shirk its responsibilities in the middle east. >> we know diplomacy cannot operate in a vacuum. our success will continue to hinge on america's military power, and the credibility of our assurances to our allies. >> following that he met with senior afghan off
's meeting with senior afghan officials in an effort to push president hamid karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement with the united states. the agreement has already been agreed upon. but karzai's been dragging his feet in signing the deal, trying to win some more concessions from the united states. this has angered both the white house and the pentagon. once the security agreement is signed by karzai, which many people expect it will happen, it's just taking longer than they expected, the pentagon is expected to announce roughly 10,000 or so american troops will stay in afghanistan post 2014 to train the afghan security forces. >> thank you so much for your report. >> keeping our focus overseas, the house foreign affairs committee is holding a hearing next week on the plight of the american pastor jailed in iran. he is being held by tehran over his christian faith. abadini has already served one year of his eight-year sentence. although president obama made a plea for the pastor's release in an historic phone call to iran's new president, the white house has come under scrutiny
timely manner. but in a highly unusual move, the secretary chose not to meet with president hamid karzai who is the one holding up the pact that would keep thousands of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan after 2014 for training and counterterrorism missions. >> president obama and secretary of state john kerry discussing middle east policy at a washington forum today. the president addressing a wide range of issues including strained relation, with israel, the peace process between israel and the palestinians, as well as defending the recent nuclear deal with iran. >> what we have to do is make a decision as to given the options available, what is the best way for us to assure that iran does not get a nuclear weapon? the best way is to test this diplomatic pact. understanding that it's not based on trust. it's based on what we can verify. >> live in washington with more. >> the nuclear deal calls for iran to cap in a verifiable way its nuclear program in exchange for an ease in international sanctions. today, president obama was try to answer critic, s of the deal. israeli prime ministe
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